10 Places to Take (and Impress) Your Visiting Foodie

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Seared sea scallops with fennel apple salad, oyster mushroom and vanilla bean agro dolce. | Sara Graham

Cielo at the Four Seasons (999 North 2nd Street; 314-881-5800)

What visitor can resist Cielo's rooftop patio and its impeccable view of the iconic Arch. Another reason to celebrate is the recent arrival of executive chef Gian Nicola Colucci. Born in Turin, he brings authentic flavors of Italy to each flawlessly executed dish. It's a style worthy of the remarkable view.

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Spanish octopus with arugula, pickled onions and harissa. | Courtesy Central Table

Central Table Food Hall (23 South Euclid Avenue; 314-932-5595)

Central Table Food Hall brought a new dining concept to St. Louis. One gorgeously rustic space houses seven distinct food "stations" where you can purchase a variety of food during the day. There's a market, a grill, a coffee house, a sushi bar and a raw bar, just to name a few. In the evening, the area is transformed into a seated, "upscale casual dining experience" with table service where diners choose between eclectic but masterfully executed dishes such as raw oysters, lamb shank, pizza and bone marrow.
Featured Dish:

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House-cured salmon with pea shoots, red wine-marinated six-minute egg, crème fraiche, beet chips and pink peppercorns. | Brian Hardesty

Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674)

The thing that makes Element unique is that in the kitchen you'll find multiple chefs working together, reviewing each dish, brainstorming and sharing in the menu creation. Your guests are treated to both dinner and a show, as the kitchen is open in the dining room and the gorgeous art of food plating is on display. The two outdoor patios offer tremendous views of downtown St. Louis as well as the restaurant's kitchen garden.

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Duck Burger with remoulade, prairie breeze Irish cheddar, mixed greens, onion jam, and a duck egg on a challah bun with french fries. | Jennifer Silverberg

Planter's House (1000 Mississippi Avenue; 314-696-2603)

Owners Ted and Jamie Kilgore opened Planter's House at the end of last year. Ted had already made a name for himself through his dedication to the craft of the cocktail as a bartender at Monarch and later at Taste by Niche. However, the kitchen, led by executive chef Bradley Hoffman, has put together a noteworthy menu of small plates and entrees assuring the food is on its way to earning accolades of its own.

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Location Info

Niche

7734 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Sidney Street Cafe

2000 Sidney St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

The Libertine

7927 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Elaia

1634 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Farmhaus

3257 Ivanhoe Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Brasserie by Niche

4580 Laclede Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Cielo

999 N. 2nd St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Central Table Food Hall

23 S. Euclid Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Element

1419 Carroll Street, St. Louis, MO

Category: Music

Planter's House

1000 Mississippi Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Music


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3 comments
Eric Bacon Schenkelberg
Eric Bacon Schenkelberg

1) LA ex-pat here (almost a year): you aren't eating at the right places there hehe 2) glad you're finding the food places here. Give Taste a try as well

Susie Nicholson
Susie Nicholson

I am a yearly visiting foodie from L.A. I've eaten at the Farmhaus, Franco, Three-Sixty, Olio, Pi and Niche. I've had fabulous Thai and Vietnamese food there. I had one of the best steaks ever at Franco. Niche was one of the top two eating experiences of my life. It was divine. If I could I would spend a month trying St. Louis restaurants and bakeries. You have so many fresh, young, creative chefs! I'd much rather eat there than in L.A.

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